UAE distributor suspends sales on new Lexus SUV

Al Futtaim Motors confirms temporary suspension on new GX 460 model.
UAE distributor suspends sales on new Lexus SUV
CAR RECALL: Al Futtaim Motors has temporarily suspended sales of the Lexus GX 460 model in the UAE. (Getty Images)
By Ed Attwood
Thu 15 Apr 2010 01:10 PM

Following safety concerns over the Lexus GX 460 model in the US and Canada, the UAE’s local distributor has confirmed that it has temporarily suspended sales of the SUV in this country.

“Yesterday we temporarily suspended sales of this model following the concern regarding the response time of the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), under extreme cornering conditions,” said Simon Frith, managing director of Al Futtaim Motors, the distributor of Lexus and Toyota in the UAE.

“We are contacting all our GX460 customers to explain the situation and will keep them updated as more information becomes available. We will also provide a courtesy car if any customer who has purchased a GX460 is concerned about driving their vehicle. If any of our customers have further questions they can contact our Customer Care Team on 04 206 6002 (between 8am and 6pm).”

The concerns over the type surfaced after a top consumer magazine in the US gave the 2010 Lexus GX 460 model – which has only been on the market for four months - a “don’t buy” rating after tests showed a risk that the car could roll over under certain circumstances.

Earlier this year, TMC sparked panic in the US when it announced a massive recall that is thought to have so far affected more than 4.4 million cars. This followed news of a possible fault in which the accelerator can get stuck in a depressed position preventing the driver from slowing down.

The Japanese carmaker has admitted that a number of the affected models, 2005-2010 year Avalons and 2009-2010 year Sequoias, had been shipped from the US for sale in the Middle East.

At the end of March, Al Futtaim Motors managing director Simon Frith that only a few hundred of the 3,000 affected vehicles were now left to service.

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